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Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk has been appointed as Region V Director of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and will be based in Chicago.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the appointment Wednesday.

Falk said she begins Monday and is moving to Chicago this weekend. She is keeping her Madison residence, too, she said. 

As a regional director, Falk will serve as a key representative of Sebelius, working with federal, state, local and tribal officials on health and social service issues, like the Affordable Care Act's implementation.

Region V is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. 

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, along with his colleagues U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Reps. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, and Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, sent a letter to Sebelius in May recommending Falk for the position, according to Pocan's office.

"Everyone in Dane County knows the type of integrity and innovative thinking Kathleen brings to the tasks at hand, and her skills are a perfect match for the Department of Health and Human Services," Pocan said in a statement.

"As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act moves forward, I am confident our region will have a valuable resource, leader and advocate in Kathleen Falk,” he said.

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